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ERIC Number: ED199301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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"Net Benefit," A Neglected Metaevaluation Criterion.
Lai, Morris K.
Evaluation has generally not been accountable in terms of its promoting a "net-benefit." The term "net-benefit" rather than "benefit" is used because a given amount of legitimate benefit may come at the expense of an inordinate expenditure of evaluation resources or energy. If any aspect of an evaluation is unlikely to provide any net-benefit to humanity as far as the overall evaluation is concerned, then it probably shouldn't be done given the relative scarcity of evaluation resources and energy. Examples of net-nonbeneficial energy-wasting evaluation activities include: (1) carrying out overly complex statistical analyses; (2) dissemination and use (or lack thereof) of the draft version of the Standards produced by the Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation which forbade the draft version to be cited, duplicated, or distributed without written permission of the Chairman of the Standards Committee; and (3) the publication of articles including excess spending of time in adhering to style guidelines. Determining whether an evaluation activity has the potential to lead to net-benefit is clearly not always an easy task, but it is an effort toward achieving accountability. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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